A few of us here have often wondered the real reason behind Ryan's slippage this season. Mike Mularkey? Lack of arm strength? Happy feet in the pocket? One could certainly make an argument for all of these. Follow me after the jump and I'll discuss one factor that not many have thought about.
Lack of competition on the depth chart. Rather simple really.
When the only competition you've had since becoming the starter are the likes of Chris Redman, DJ Shockley, and the woeful JPW, it could be rather easy to not be as fiery and motivated. Ryan knows there isn't anybody on the current depth chart that could unseat him. Not saying he is purposely having an off year, but lets face it, when you know there is a legit chance of somebody taking your spot, human nature is to "step your game up". This doesn't just apply to football but in life in general.
Now, Redman isn't a slouch at backup QB but I don't think anybody would be comfortable with him leading our playoff push. Rojohombre is also getting up there in age, so you figure its only a matter of time before the Comrade brings in somebody who could be more than capable at backup QB, because we sure as hell know it isn't JPW.